Bayer announced on Wednesday the commercial registrations from the EPA for the traits that will enable the deployment of its newest corn product in the United States.

VT4PROTM Technology will provide US farmers an additional option within the Bayer corn product portfolio to help control troublesome above-ground and below ground pests.

VT4PROTM Technology will mark the first product that combines the power of the three modes of built-in action in Trecepta Technology, an above-ground pest package for corn that controls insects such as corn earworm and western bean cutworm, along with an RNAi-based mode of action, the latest defense to help manage corn rootworm.

“We anticipate that this offering will have a broad geographic fit and will provide corn growers the widest spectrum of insect defense from Bayer,” said North America corn product manager Scott Stein.

VT4PROTM Technology is designed to work with other products like SmartStax® PRO Technology and offer an additional option for growers looking for products that will perform well in low-to-moderate corn rootworm pressure conditions, along with potential higher risk for corn earworm or western bean cutworm.

Bayer plans to conduct large scale field testing of VT4PROTM Technology during the 2022 and 2023 growing seasons with the potential to launch commercial volumes as early as 2024, pending state registrations.